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Stop writing JavaScript and get back to Ruby!

Remeber that feeling that you had after having tried CoffeeScript getting back to a project with plain JavaScript and felt so constricted?

Well, after re-writing a couple of coffee classes with OpalRuby I felt exactly that way, and with 14.9KB of footprint (min+gz, jQuery is 32KB) is a complete no brainer.

So let’s gobble up our first chunk of code, that will salute from the browser console:

puts 'hi buddies!'

You wonder how that gets translated?

Fear that it will look like this?

'egin',cb='bootstrap',u='clear.cache.gif',z='content',bc='end',lb='gecko',mb='g
cko1_8',yb='gwt.hybrid',xb='gwt/standard/standard.css',E='gwt:onLoadErrorFn',B=
'gwt:onPropertyErrorFn',y='gwt:property',Db='head',qb='hosted.html?hello',Cb='h
ref',kb='ie6',ab='iframe',t='img',bb="javascript:''",zb='link',pb='loadExternal
Refs',v='meta',eb='moduleRequested',ac='moduleStartup',jb='msie',w='name',gb='o
pera',db='position:absolute;width:0;height:0;border:none',Ab='rel',ib='safari',
rb='selectingPermutation',x='startup',m='hello',Bb='stylesheet',ob='unknown',fb
='user.agent',hb='webkit';var fc=window,k=document,ec=fc.__gwtStatsEvent?functi
on(a){return fc.__gwtStatsEvent(a)}:null,zc,pc,kc,jc=l,sc={},Cc=[],yc=[],ic=[],
vc,xc;ec&&ec({moduleName:m,subSystem:x,evtGroup:cb,millis:(new Date()).getTime(
),type:nb});if(!fc.__gwt_stylesLoaded){fc.__gwt_stylesLoaded={}}if(!fc.__gwt_sc
riptsLoaded){fc.__gwt_scriptsLoaded={}}function oc(){var b=false;try{b=fc.exter

Nope! it’s Chuck Testa

(function() {
  return this.$puts("hi buddies!")
}).call(Opal.top);

But it will be obviously a mess to integrate it with existing javascript!!1

Let’s how to add #next and #prev to the Element class:

class Element
  def next(selector = '')
    element = nil
    `element = jQuery(this.el).next(selector)[0] || nil;`
    Element.new element if element
  end
end

But I’m on Rails!

Here you served:

gem 'opal-rails'

Which will provide you requirable libraries for application.js

//= require opal
//= require rquery

and the .opal extension for your files

# app/assets/javascripts/hi-world.js.opal

puts "G'day world!"

A template handler:

# app/views/posts/show.js.opal.erb

Element.id('<%= dom_id @post %>').show

and a Haml filter!

-# app/views/posts/show.html.haml

%article= post.body

%a#show-comments Display Comments!

.comments(style="display:none;")
  - post.comments.each do |comment|
    .comment= comment.body

:opal
  Document.ready? do
    Element.id('show-comments').on :click do
      Element.find('.comments').first.show
      false # aka preventDefault
    end
  end